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B Organizing Committee Biographies Roderick G. Eggert is professor and director of the Divi- doctoral work at the University of Munich as a von Humboldt Fellow, she joined the technical staff at Sandia National sion of Economics and Business at the Colorado School of Laboratories, Livermore, then moved to ISU in 1983. In Mines, where he has taught since 1986. He was editor of her early academic career there, Thiel was recognized with Resources Policy, an international journal of mineral eco- awards from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and nomics and policy, from 1989 to 2006. Previously he taught the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and by a National Science at The Pennsylvania State University and held research Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. Later, appointments at Resources for the Future (Washington, DC) she was elected a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Physics. (Austria). He has a B.A. in earth sciences from Dartmouth College, an M.S. in geochemistry and mineralogy from Levi T. Thompson is the Richard Balzhiser Professor of The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in mineral Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Other economics from Penn State. His research and teaching have honors and awards include the National Science Foundation focused on various aspects of mineral economics and public Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Union Carbide policy, including the economics of mineral exploration, min- Innovation Recognition Award, the Dow Chemical Good eral demand, mining and the environment, microeconomics Teaching Award, the College of Engineering Service Excel- of mineral markets, and most recently mining and sustainable lence Award, and the Harold Johnson Diversity Award. He development. He served for two terms on the Committee on is co-founder, with his wife Maria, of T/J Technologies, a Earth Resources of the National Research Council (NRC). developer of nanomaterials for advanced batteries and fuel He served as chair of the NRC Committee on Critical Min- cells. He is also Consulting Editor for the AIChE Journal, eral Impacts on the U.S. Economy, which authored the 2008 and a member of the External Advisory Committee for the report Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy. Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water Patricia A. Thiel is the Division Director for Science and with Systems (NSF Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois) and AIChE Chemical Engineering Technology at Ames Laboratory and a Distinguished Pro- Technology Operating Council. Professor Thompson earned fessor of Chemistry at Iowa State University (ISU), where his B.ChE. from the University of Delaware, and M.S.E. she is active in research, teaching, and administration. In degrees in chemical engineering and nuclear engineering, research, she is known for her work in three main areas: and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of nanostructure evolution on surfaces, surface properties Michigan. Research in Professor Thompson’s group focuses and structures of quasicrystals (a complex type of metallic primarily on defining relationships between the structure, alloy), and the chemistry of water adsorbed on metal sur- composition, and function of nanostructured catalytic and faces. Thiel is an enthusiastic teacher of physical chemistry. electrochemical materials. In addition, he has distinguished She has held several administrative posts at ISU, including himself in the use of micromachining and self-assembly chair of her department. Thiel received her B.A. in chem- methods to fabricate microreactor, hydrogen production, and istry at Macalester College, and her Ph.D. in chemistry at micro-fuel cell systems. Professor Thompson leads a large the California Institute of Technology in 1981. After post- 53
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54 APPENDIX B multidisciplinary team developing compact devices to con- vert gasoline and natural resources into hydrogen. Recently, he was appointed founding Director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory.